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THE TIME IS NOW!

If we bring out the best in our teachers, they'll be able to do the same for our young people. Secondary teachers are under pressure and that's why they need your help.

We need you to get our message out there.

 
 
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WHY?

Teachers want to bring out the best in every student so they can reach their potential.

For the sake of our kids, teaching needs to be a desirable and rewarding career.

At the moment, not enough people want to be secondary teachers.

It’s time for the government to step up and implement solutions.

 

teaching should be a great profession that people are proud to join.

 
 
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student numbers are climbing

Student numbers are growing at a rapid rate – there will be 10 percent more secondary school students by 2025. 

 


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NEW TEACHER NUMBERS ARE DROPPING

The past 10 years have seen a 38 percent decrease in the number of new secondary teachers graduating. 


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It's affecting STUDENTS RIGHT NOW

There aren't enough teachers. Four out of every five  secondary school principals have had to cancel classes, cut courses and leave vacancies unfilled because of the shortages.


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TEachers are getting older

The aging teacher workforce is making the teacher shortage even worse. More than one in five secondary teachers is over 60 and there's no plan to replace them when they retire.



 
 
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"It’s definitely teenage kids! They are the only reason why I teach. I probably get as much back from them, maybe more, to be honest. I also hope I can be that adult who can make a bit of a positive difference in their lives."

JACKY BRAID

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HOW ARE WE GOING TO DO IT?

we NEED YOU!

 
  1. Talk: tell your stories: – share your experience of a secondary teacher who made a difference in your life and, if you're a teacher, tell us what it is that makes you passionate about your job.

  2. Engage: let us know you're keen to be involved – that way we can let you know what's happening throughout the year and how you can help us get our messages out there.

  3. Share: we'll be making lots of content available for sharing to ensure our messages about the value of teaching, and the outcomes we seek on behalf of teachers, are top of mind throughout the year.

 
 
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Teachers want every single child, no matter where they were born, where they live or who their parents are, to have the same opportunities to learn.

 

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SHARE  SHARE  SHARE!

 

FACEBOOK and Twitter

Throughout the year we're going to have some important messages about supporting our teachers and taking action to get the results we want – make sure you share these. And of course, feel free to tweet your support for teachers at any time – #bringoutthebest!

COMMUNITY

Look out for your local secondary teachers talking about their work, and what makes them tick. Take the opportunity to talk about some of the teachers who made brought out the best in you, share your stories here.

 

Facebook posts

Tell your networks why teachers matter:

 

Posters

We'll be featuring some amazing teachers from all over New Zealand who tell us why they're passionate about their job – feel free to print these out and pop them on the wall to share these great stories.

 

Videos

Share these across your social networks. To share click on the arrow in the top right of each video and choose your network.

 
 
 
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"I bloody love the kids. I love seeing them begin making cross curricular connections, working out how to ask and answer the questions that create new understandings. Teaching is awesome."

MELANIE WEBBER

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What's happening at the moment?

 

Whether you're a  teacher, a student, a parent or a community member, there will be opportunities for you demonstrate your support for bringing out the best in our teachers, our students, our schools and our communities.

 

Share a story

If you've got a great story about how a secondary teacher made a difference in your life, send it in – we'd love to hear about it.

Tell the minister

Now's the time to let the Minister know how important it is that we value our teachers – send him an email today.

Click here for emailing tips.

Join PPTA

Are you a secondary teacher? Join the PPTA and play a part in making teaching the great profession it should be.